On Rafale deal Rahul Gandhi played a dangerous anti-national game
(This article was originally written and uploaded on September 28, 2018)
Trained by an Italian coach and inspired by Nazi Propaganda Minister, Goebbels, Rahul Gandhi is playing a dangerous anti-national game. If he wins, India will lose, democracy in India will be in danger.
Let me explain how in his lust for power Rahul Gandhi is playing the dangerous game.
Since his knowledge is poor (he does not even know what the NCC is), understanding is poorer, and above all, since he is incapable of offering anything feasible to the people, he resorts to abusive language and falsehood.
His semi-educated Italian mother and coach, daughter of Fascist Stefano Maino (who was a member of Italy’s National Fascist Party), has taught him dirty tricks of politics because she herself is incapable of civilised politics. When she was active as Congress President, she abused all her opponents and made all sorts of false propaganda against them. During the Gujarat Assembly election campaign in 2007 she called the then Chief Minister Modi a Maut Ka Saudagar (Merchant of Death) for his alleged role in 2002 Gujarat riots though all subsequent investigations and court orders proved that in fact Modi who had taken over as CM only two months before the riots had tried his level best to curb the violence and punish the guilty. She behaves as if she has come all the way from Italy to save India from the non-Congress leaders.
The half-Italian is determined to excel the full Italian. His only enemy is Narendra Modi. In his calculations, politicians like Mamata Banerjee, Lalu Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, to name only a few, are angles like him. They are his comrades-in-arm in the fight against the common enemy, ‘corrupt Modi’. He is calling Modi a chor (thief) who collected money from the poor, handed over the same to his rich friends, and then sent them abroad. Without any understanding of demonetisation and GST, he attacks Modi for these policies. He does not know what the Doklam issue is but attacks Modi for mishandling the issue!
Today his biggest ‘weapon’ against Modi is Rafale deal. Whether he knows the facts or not, he tells people in every speech that corrupt and chor Modi is paying RS. 1600 crore for a Rafale aircraft whereas the UPA government was paying RS. 520 crore. He is also saying that in this deal Modi ensured that his friend Anil Ambani benefited to the extent of Rs. 30,000 cr.
Two Air Marshals – Raghunath Nambiar and Shirish Deo – and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa have publicly declared that the Modi government got a much better deal in terms of price, quality, terms, and conditions than what the UPA government was negotiating. Air Marshal Nambiar who headed the commercial negotiations has rightly asked, ‘when the total value of offsets by Dassault, the manufacturer of Rafale, is Rs. 6500 cr. only and since there are several partners such as BEL, IBM India, Tata Services, HCL, Wipro, L&T InfoTech, Samtel and Thales and DRDO (that gets the lion’s share), how can Anil Ambani get business of Rs. 30,000 crore?’
Recently, Maroof Raza, a retired Indian Army officer with experience in counter-insurgency operations, released his video (available on YouTube) in which he has pointed out that on the basis of authentic documents including secret documents he procured from the Ministry of Defence, the Modi government really saved Rs. 400 crore per fully equipped Rafale fighter aircraft. He has pointed out that in 2001, the Indian Air Force (IAF) had told the government that it needed 126 fighter planes; in 2007, the IAF shortlisted two aircrafts, Rafale and Eurofighter and asked the government to procure 36 fighters which were badly needed. However, during the next seven years, the UPA government kept on negotiating without reaching a final decision. It is the Modi government that finalised the government-to-government agreement in September 2016 for 18 fully equipped ready to fly Rafale aircrafts and 18 more at various stages of manufacture and assembly (in semi-knocked-down and completely-knocked-down condition, etc.). The price difference between what the UPA government was ready to pay and what the NDA government actually paid is as follows.
(Rs. in crore)
What Raza has stated in a very simple language, the government could not, apparently because of the ‘secrecy clause’.
Rahul does not want people to believe the facts. In these matters, like his Italian mother, he is a follower of the Nazi Propaganda Minister Paul Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels has given several mantras to people like Sonia and Rahul Gandhi:
Ø “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”
Ø “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”
Ø “If you tell the same lie enough times, people will believe it; and the bigger the lie, the better.” “
Ø “Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.” “This is the secret of propaganda. Those who are to be persuaded by it should be completely immersed in the ideas of propaganda, without ever noticing that they are being immersed in it.”
Rahul has one more advantage. What Raza says is read or heard by a small percentage of the population that in any case knows that Rahul is lying but his lies are heard by lakhs of people who go to his election speeches and read or heard by millions because whatever this fellow says becomes a news for the print and electronic media.
Apart from spreading false propaganda, the Congress fellows went to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) to request the latter to seize all the documents pertaining to the Rafale deal and file FIR to initiate action against the deal.
In their heart of hearts, Sonia, her Italian relatives, in fact, a large number of Italians and foreigners including political leaders, must be laughing at us for accepting the semi-educated woman as the unquestioned leader of India’s oldest political party. She got this position only because of her marriage to a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. For the courtiers of the dynasty and those Indians who like dynastic rules and anything associated with Nehru or Gandhi, Sonia was a natural choice after Rajiv Gandhi. This stupidity is possible only in our country.
Rahul must be convinced that if there are gullible people in India who would accept Italian Sonia as their leader, they would also believe his lies about Rafale. If doubt is created in the minds of only a small percentage of Modi supporters, Modi may lose and Rahul’s purpose is served.
It is our misfortune that Sonia, Rahul, and the Congresspersons are not bothered that their words and actions are demoralising the Armed Forces that may have disastrous consequences..
The IAF is worried about the consequences of what has been going on since the UPA days. First, the Congress-led UPA government delayed the acquisition of fighters. Now, Rahul is trying to sabotage the deal finalised by the Modi government. The IAF is worried that because of the propaganda, Rafale may become another Bofors. The Bofors scandal halted modernisation of the Army’s artillery by more than three decades.
The million-dollar question that should disturb the right-thinking people in the country is, will Rahul scrap the Rafale deal if he becomes Prime Minister and leave the Air Force in the worst position in the history? What will happen in case of a war? How will IAF defend India?
Earlier the Congress had humiliated the Army. After the ‘surgical strike’ in September 2016, Congress joined other parties in questioning Amy’s official claim. Some Congressmen went far ahead in humiliating the Army. In July 2017, Congress leader Sandeep Dixit called army chief a Sadak ka goonda (‘goon on the street’). In June this year, without any basis, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad declared that Army operations in Jammu and Kashmir killed more civilians than terrorists. He said, “They (forces) take action against four terrorists and kill 20 civilians.”
There have been more disturbing developments. On August 14 this year, 356 army men, including 75 officers – a brigadier, 29 colonels, 15 lieutenant colonels, 19 majors, and 11 captains — who command thousands of soldiers in anti-militancy and anti-insurgency operations in the disturbed areas of the northeast and Jammu and Kashmir, filed a PIL in the SC. They told the apex court that they were constrained to file the petition in view of an extremely hostile situation on the ground due to the prosecution of officers and soldiers for bona fide actions during military operations. Their PIL is counter to an order of the court on a PIL (filed by those against the Armed Forces) to the CBI to enquire into certain allegations against the Armed Forces.
In the PIL, they have cautioned that
“A country that doubts its soldiers and their martyrdom is bound to lead to a collapse of its sovereignty and integrity. Questioning honest actions has a demoralising effect on officers and soldiers deployed in disturbed areas for counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in J and K and northeastern states.” They further stated that the soldiers “are asking their commanders whether they should continue to fight against militants and insurgents engaged in a proxy war against India or operate as per peace time yardsticks guided by the Criminal Procedure Code.”
Perhaps, India is the only country in the world in which the armed forces have to repeatedly request the government for supply of weapons to fight enemies and have to go to the court for letting them do their duty.
India has remained a democratic country mainly because the armed forces have not interfered in the political process. However, will they continue to tolerate demoralisation and humiliation? Can anybody guarantee that they will not lose faith in the constitutional system and political process when their patience is over? Can anybody guarantee that the IAF will have respect for Rahul as Prime Minister when he scraps the Rafale deal and leaves the IAF completely helpless?
These are disturbing but not hypothetical questions.
September 28, 2018
As the general election 2019 drew closer, Rahul Gandhi became desperate. He coined a slogan “Chowkidra chor hai” (The guard is a thief) and chanted it like a mantra every day several times. Reference was to his allegations of corruption in Rafale deal. Barring diehard Modi haters, no one believed him. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, The BJP won more seats in 2019 than in 2014, wining 303 seats as against 282 in 2014.
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